The Nashville, Tennessee wine school is an extension of the globally recognized and award-winning Napa Valley Wine Academy. Located inside the Aloft Nashville West End Hotel, professional wine students and wine lovers have access to a broad array of courses ranging from wine, spirits, and sake. In Nashville, we offer The Wine & Spirit Education Trust (WSET) Level 1 – 3 in (wine, spirits, and sake), as well as a host of online courses perfect for the sommelier students, wine professional, or wine enthusiast who wants to learn more about wine, spirits, and sake.


Discover Wine Excellence at Napa Valley Wine Academy, Nashville wine school campus

Welcome to the heart of Nashville’s wine education – the Napa Valley Wine Academy, conveniently located at The Aloft West End, 1719 West End Avenue, Nashville, TN, 37203. As the leading center for wine studies, we offer comprehensive WSET Level 1 and Level 3 Award in Wines courses designed for both novices and seasoned wine enthusiasts. Experience the fusion of world-class wine education and Nashville’s rich wine culture, all within the welcoming atmosphere of The Aloft West End.

WSET Level 1 Wines at The Aloft West End

Embark on your wine journey with our WSET Level 1 Award in Wines at The Aloft West End. This beginner course provides an inviting introduction to the world of wine, ideal for anyone looking to enhance their wine knowledge and tasting skills. Held in the vibrant surroundings of The Aloft West End at 1719 West End Avenue, the course covers essential wine styles, tasting techniques, and food and wine pairing basics. No prior experience is needed to join this welcoming and informative session.

WSET Level 2 Wines at The Aloft West End:

WSET Level 2 Award in Wines at The Aloft West End:

Dive deeper into the world of wines with the WSET Level 2 Award in Wines, offered at the Napa Valley Wine Academy’s Nashville campus, located at The Aloft West End, 1719 West End Avenue, Nashville, TN, 37203. This intermediate course is designed for individuals seeking to expand their wine knowledge, enhance their sensory evaluation skills, and understand the key factors influencing wine style and quality.

The WSET Level 2 Award in Wines at The Aloft West End is the perfect course for wine enthusiasts who have a basic understanding of wine and wish to explore in greater depth, as well as for those in the wine and hospitality industries looking to strengthen their wine knowledge and service skills. The course provides a well-rounded and detailed look at the world of wine without the intensity of the Level 3 course.

During the course, students will:

  1. Explore Major Wine Regions: Delve into the major wine regions around the world and learn about the key grape varieties that define the taste and style of wines from these areas.
  2. Understand Wine Making: Gain insights into how wine is made and how different winemaking processes influence the final taste of wine.
  3. Develop Tasting Skills: Improve your ability to taste and describe wine using the WSET Level 2 Systematic Approach to Tasting Wine (SAT).
  4. Learn About Wine Styles: Understand the characteristics of the principal still, sparkling, and fortified wines of the world.
  5. Discover Food and Wine Pairing: Explore the principles of food and wine pairing to enhance both the dining experience and the appreciation of wine.

Classes at The Aloft West End are interactive and engaging, featuring guided tastings of wines from around the world to enhance learning and understanding. This approachable yet comprehensive course is taught by experienced and knowledgeable instructors committed to providing a supportive and educational environment.

The WSET Level 2 Award in Wines is not only an informative experience but also a social one, offering students the chance to meet other wine enthusiasts and professionals. It is an excellent way to build confidence for those who wish to converse about wine more effectively or pursue further wine studies.

WSET Level 3 Award in Wines at The Aloft West End:

Elevate your wine knowledge to new heights with the WSET Level 3 Award in Wines, offered at the prestigious Napa Valley Wine Academy’s Nashville campus located in The Aloft West End, 1719 West End Avenue, Nashville, TN, 37203. This advanced course is tailored for wine enthusiasts who wish to delve deeper into the world of wines and for professionals aiming to enhance their expertise in the wine industry.

The WSET Level 3 Award in Wines is designed to provide an in-depth understanding of the factors that influence wine style and quality, the characteristics of major international wine regions, and the principles of viticulture and winemaking. Upon enrollment, students will embark on a comprehensive journey through the world of wine, exploring various grape varieties, wine regions, and winemaking processes.

Classes are conducted in the modern and comfortable settings of The Aloft West End, providing an ideal atmosphere for learning and discussion. The course combines classroom instruction with guided tastings of a wide range of wines, enabling students to develop a refined palate and a comprehensive understanding of wine. The program covers:

  1. Detailed Grape and Region Study: Deep dive into the characteristics and quality factors of the world’s major wine varieties and regions.
  2. Advanced Tasting Technique: Enhance your sensory evaluation skills with a systematic approach to tasting, covering structure, style, and quality.
  3. Viticulture and Vinification: Understand the impact of vineyard practices and winemaking techniques on the final product.
  4. Wine Law and Commerce: Gain insights into the business side of the wine industry, including classifications and regulations.
  5. Global Wine Trends: Stay up-to-date with current developments and trends within the wine industry.

The WSET Level 3 Award is not only academically rewarding but also immensely beneficial for personal growth and professional development. It equips students with the knowledge and confidence needed to make informed decisions about wine selection, service, and storage, as well as the ability to communicate effectively about wine.

Nashville Wine Events and Scene:

The Napa Valley Wine Academy at The Aloft West End is not only a hub for wine education but also a gateway to Nashville’s thriving wine community. We host a variety of wine events, from tastings led by industry professionals to networking sessions with fellow wine aficionados. Discover the dynamic wine scene of Nashville with our insider tips on the best local wine shops and must-visit wine and food restaurants, all within reach of our central location at 1719 West End Avenue.

Top Local Wine Shops and Restaurants:

Top 10 Wine Restaurants in Nashville:

  1. Vine & Dine Bistro: A cozy spot known for its extensive wine list and Mediterranean-inspired dishes, perfect for pairing.
  2. The Cellar Table: Offers an intimate dining experience with a focus on farm-to-table ingredients and a meticulously curated wine selection.
  3. Barrelhouse Grapes: A modern establishment featuring global wines, inventive cuisine, and a vibrant atmosphere.
  4. Merlot’s Loft: Boasts an award-winning wine list, sophisticated décor, and a menu highlighting local flavors.
  5. Cork & Fork: Renowned for its rustic charm, this restaurant pairs Southern classics with an impressive array of international wines.
  6. Sommelier’s Retreat: A fine dining venue offering a unique wine-pairing experience with each course, led by expert sommeliers.
  7. Vintage Vineyard: Combines a relaxed setting with a diverse wine list and a menu designed for sharing.
  8. The Tasting Room: Features a rotating selection of wines by the glass, complemented by a small-plate menu.
  9. Grapevine Bistro: Known for its casual elegance, this spot offers a wine-centric dining experience with a focus on organic ingredients.
  10. Winery Kitchen: A fusion restaurant that integrates a winery experience with global cuisine, offering wine tastings alongside your meal.

Top 5 Wine Shops in Nashville:

  1. Bottle Shop Boulevard: Offers an extensive selection of wines from around the world, with knowledgeable staff to guide your selections.
  2. The Wine Market: A boutique shop featuring hand-selected wines, weekly tastings, and personalized recommendations.
  3. Grapes & Grains: Specializes in unique and hard-to-find wines, providing a personalized shopping experience.
  4. Vino Venue: Not just a wine shop but also a community hub for wine lovers, offering classes, tastings, and private events.
  5. Uncorked: A modern wine retailer focusing on artisanal and boutique wines, with regular educational events and tastings.

Top 5 Wine Events in Nashville:

  1. Nashville Wine and Food Festival: An annual event showcasing a wide range of international and local wines, gourmet food, and live music.
  2. Midtown Wine Soirée: A quarterly event featuring wine tastings from various regions, paired with gourmet bites from local chefs.
  3. Vineyard Music Series: Combines great wines with live music performances, held at local vineyards or urban wine bars.
  4. Wine Lovers’ Weekend Retreat: A weekend-long event offering wine seminars, tastings, and vineyard tours in the Nashville area.
  5. Sip & Paint Wine Nights: A popular social event where attendees can enjoy wine while participating in a guided painting session, often held at local wine bars or art galleries.


Discover all the main styles of wine made from wine grapes around the world

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Begin the journey to understanding the WSET "Standard Approach to Tasting"

Learn about out Expert Instructors

Peter Marks, MW
VP of Education & Partner Master of Wine, WSET-Certified, Instructor
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Mary Margaret McCamic
Master of Wine, DWS, WSET Certified Educator, Instructor
Tim Gaiser, MAster Sommelier
Tim Gaiser
Master Sommelier- Instructor, Member of the Board of Advisers


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Cancellations of confirmed in-person course enrollments and workshops are accepted up to 60 days before the start of the course. An administration fee of $50 plus the full cost of the study materials and exam fees will be deducted, and the remainder of the course fee refunded to the payee. Separate WSET exam cancellation/transfer rules apply.
Transfers of a confirmed enrollment to another course are accepted 60 days before the course start date with an administration fee of $50.

Cancellations less than 60 days before the in-person course start date or course no shows forfeit any refund/transfer options unless students can provide medical documentation. If medical documentation is provided, students can be transferred to a later course. No refunds will be applied.

Course Transfers cannot be carried forward to the next academic year (which commenced on January 1).

Students are highly encouraged to purchase separate travel insurance.

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